Heavy Metal – Take a Ride

“You like music more than art,” I think that was Cecilia’s comment on a recent post.

Maybe. Probably.

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At my 30th high school reunion Johnny B aka Ziggy reminded me that I’d once said, “I would rather be blind than deaf because I would never not want to be able to listen to music.”

They nailed it.

I’d say, as part of the MTV Generation, that music and art are irrevocably entwined.

I am also enamored of the art-form we call still call film even though it is shot digitally.

About two decades before MTV, that maestro of vitriolic song, Tom Lehr, pointed out in one of his shows that movies needed a popular music soundtrack to succeed and then launched into “The Elements” to the tune of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.

Of course, the connection between music and art has always been a part of humanity from the moment one person looked at a gourd and decided they could play it to their buddy who made regalia from animal skins decorated with dye made from berries and perhaps the feathers of a bird.

Sometimes the separation of music from visual art must be a consciously separate act. One could listen to music with eyes closed or walk quietly through the Heard Museum (through Aug. 20) looking at the art of Frida Kahlo. No right or wrong here.

To be able to look at art, to make art, to share art is a profound freedom when you think about it. There are places in the world where women are not allowed to be creative and men are only ever allowed to let their creativity out within set parameters. Consider for a moment what effect that has on their souls.  I can’t imagine a day without song or some creative outlet.

Let’s dance our way back to lighter topics like a music oriented art journal, a concept I can happily explore!

Doubtless you have listened to music before but if you have not stenciled, try it!

When you look at a stencil do you ever immediately know what you want to do? I saw Mary’s large stars stencil on the computer months ago and thought I was going to make a layered star rainbow – because wow! the options these star stencils give you for layering! Plus StencilClub membership gives you access to a whole community of art-makers who are stars in their own right!

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However, when it arrived in my p.o. box, (you have to know I am like a little kid and I open them in the car before I ever leave the parking lot) I realized I also needed The Sky’s the Limit July 2015 StencilClub set because I was going to pay homage to the 1981 movie, “Heavy Metal” in my art journal.

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Yeah, “Heavy Metal”.

What’s not to like about an astronaut flying about the universe in a Corvette? That is a cool image!

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Drive it up and let’s cruise a while

Leave your troubles far behind

Still with me? Here was my thought process:

The largest star would hold the happy alien face from Lizzie Mayne’s small Warped Holes stencil (A fave – I swear it smiles at me from my stencil stash!) and one June Pfaff Daley’s mermaids from Mermaidia could ride on top of it (but with Taarna not Ariel as the heroine – so I had to figure out how to draw legs – ignore that hand!).

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I gave myself the cleverness award for placing the musical note as her eye and the clef sign as her ear.

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I know glitter is often not held in much esteem past grade school crafting, but I’m 50 and I like it, like it, yes I do… A raspberries (beret) for you if you don’t.

The mini and bonus stencils were perfect to incorporate as well as Mary’s It’s a Small World Longitude and Latitude Stencils. Just Plane Fun and the small from the August 2016 Here, There & Everywhere StencilClub set made it onto the pages as background (pics below) too.

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Colors I used: Titanium White, Cadmum Red and Cadmum Yellow by Dick Blick. Real Navy by Plaid, and Wild Orchid by Americana. Red and Silver All Purpose Inks applied with Fantastix available from Imagine Crafts, plus Glitter Foam I picked up heaven knows where., and lyric vellum I had in my stash (I was looking for actual sheet music but found the vellum first – LOL.)

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You’ve got a touch of redline fever

‘cause there’s just one cure that we know for sure

Pretty sure the cure the songwriter was talking about was sex; That ‘d be an entirely different blog post!

Cures I know about:

Thanks for taking the time to read my brain dump and look at what I made!

Carol

p.s. Pink Floyd is singing in my head about the Wish You Were Here Postcard.

Disclaimer & credits: I actually do not consider myself a “fan” of the 80s rock genre called heavy metal. But I obviously appreciated the film. The “Heavy Metal” lyrics I quoted were written by Don Felder, former lead guitarist of the Eagles. My job is not quite as cool as an astronaut’s but I get StencilGirl stencils as a part of it and that certainly delights me when I open my mailbox.  The opinions are entirely my own (duh) and I did not get paid to make art for, write this post, or include links that open in new windows.

A Slice of the Islands – Stenciled Pineapple Cards

I’ve been singing Harry Nilsson’s “Lime in the Coconut” for months. Ever since June Pfaff Daley mentioned pineapple stencils. I know the lyric, “you put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up” does not mention a pineapple, but it is tropical! Work with me 🙂

I made cards with the March StencilClub set June Pfaff Daley designed for StencilGirl.

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A cool thing happened while stamping on black cardstock. My yellow paint took on a gold cast and my pineapple pieces popped! One of the fun surprises of working with paper (recycled paper generally does interesting things under paint or resin) and adding a chemical, in this case, acrylic paint.

Here’s the set:

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I just thought of a pineapple song…. from one of Elvis’ movies set in the Aloha State.

I’m a poor Hawaiian beach boy, a long way from the beach,

’cause someone shoved his face against my hand

Now I’m a kissing cousin to a ripe pineapple

I’m in the can

I was mindin’ my own business,

Drinkin’ daddy’s juice

I swear I’ll never touch that stuff again

Now I’m a kissing cousin to a ripe pineapple

I’m in the can

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Of course we all have favorite art supplies, and if you like to stencil, favorite stencils. I made a couple of over-sized cards using elements from Ms. Daley’s large and mini stencils from the set as well as Sue Pelletier’s Loose Woman Stencil #1. She needed a pineapple skirt as she dances to “Tiny Bubbles”. Do you think that means I need a wine glass inside the card?

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This next card also uses Terri Stegmiller’s small stencil from May 2016 StencilClub and Jessica Sporn’s Eastern Leaf Lotus stencil. You can see the little elements from the large Pineapple stencil.

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I can hardly wait to mail this card to Lynn who lives in Idaho — a long drive from Arizona. I miss hanging out and talking with her face to face so much!

Always remember to put lime in your coconut before you stand on your head and look at your art supplies upside down. You just might think of a way to use them you had not thought of before!

xo,

Carol

“A Loose Woman Imitates The Little Prince” for StencilGirl & Impression Obsession Blog Hop

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The moment I saw Seth Apter’s science fiction looking rubberstamps I had to have them. They suggested the Out of this World is the theme. Starry skies and science make me feel delighted, scared, and hopeful all at the same time.

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However, the project evolved and surprised me. I’d picked out  StencilGirl stencils I wanted to use with the stamps months ago and then three new ones leapt into the fray!

I was a massage therapist for 2 decades and it seemed to me, in my little microcosm, that women over 50 lived easier in the world, body and soul. Hence, Sue Pelletier‘s Loose Woman series of stencils for StencilGirl Products speaks to me. (Apologies to Sue if she saw her creations as younger!) I used the small ones and you can see them in a video HERE.

This little canvas celebrates ME though a riff on one of my favorite books of all time, “THE LITTLE PRINCE” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It is always a good read when I need perspective in my life.

By the time you read this blog post I shall be 50 years and a few days old. I’ve been regaled with wisecracks, comments and questions:

70 is the really hard birthday!
50 means you are just beginning your creative journey!
50 is the new middle age.
Would you like to join Senior Circle? (Don’t even get me started…)
Have you received your first mailing from AARP? (Yes, 15 years ago and I was highly insulted!)
I’m younger than you are!
Do you feel old mom?
and fortune and friends smile upon me, too many well wishes to count!

I think, if birthdays ending in 1 through 9 make us reflect on the year behind and the year ahead, those ending in 0 make us look at who we are against the journey of all we wanted to accomplish. I’d like to say “within the journey” but I seem to push back more often than not. Represented on my canvas by the (hopefully) extinct volcano.

Rabbit was my nickname as a child. The Rabbit is sitting in for The Fox.

My Flower under glass represents all the characters and stories swimming in my grey matter. A daring 50 years young woman might accept the responsibility and remove the glass… Seriously, my personal goal for the year is to write my way out of my novel “BRAMBLES”.

It was enormously difficult to choose a planet from among Seth Apter’s Solar System and Roundabouts rubber stamps for Impression Obsession; each one is so interesting. I did not even have to put the stamps on a block to stamp. The lines and details stamp impressively clean on the no-fray (slightly bumpy) fabric in the photo below. The more I look at them to more ideas I get.

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Here are the steps for my mixed media canvas: A Loose Woman Imitates The Little Prince

1) Paint canvas background and add a critter silhouette at bottom looking up.
2) Stamp the largest of Seth’s planets on fabric (I used non-fray fabric) with Staz-On ink and cut out the planet.
3) Figure out where the place planet, volcano, flower, lone star (below planet) and loose woman.
4) Stuff planet with cotton and hand stitch to canvas with thread that matches the ink.
5) Stencil Loose Woman #2 because I liked her long hair and she is a lady leaping.
6) Stencil flower using Eastern Leaf Lotus Flower Repeat #L421 stencil and use iridescent paint to cover like a bell jar.
7) Paint volcano and small green Baobab tree seedling.
8) Paint her hair (or you could embroider) with rainbow strands.

Astronauts on the Loose Cards

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A good friend of mine, Christine, hates the waste of envelopes. My boss, Mary Beth Shaw, has taught me to use them for art journaling. Recycling some envelop insides for clothes and making cards seemed like a good compromise.

Instructions:

1) Paint (be sure to add some shimmer!) and stencil the background. (Warped Holes has some smiling, tumbling alien faces in it!)s181-warped-holes

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 Stencils used: Loose Woman #1, 2 & 3, Mary Beth Shaw’s mini stencil from December 2013 StencilClub, Lizzie Mayne’s Warped Holes S181 and Twist Lattice S152

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Sue also designed a Loose Woman set exclusive to StencilClub July 2013 (You must be a club member to purchase the club set.)
2) Play paper dolls with me! Stencil each Loose Woman on a card.
3) Fussy cut paper patterns for boots, oxygen tank, and top of astronaut uniform (I adapted the window part of an envelope for the helmet.)window-from-envelope
4) Glue clothes on woman, detail boots andbootseach breastplate, then glue woman on the background. pre-embellishment
5) Stencil and stamp envelopes.blonde-hearttangerine-loose-woman
6) Address to another loose woman.
7) Go forth and impress your local postal clerk.
Optional: There are Star Trek stamps and planet stamps available right now! Live long and prosper!black-hair-loose
Tip: If you do not plan to mail these astronauts across planet Earth, you could also embellish with other 3D bits you’ve got handy in your studio

May your friendships be many
Your birthdays be fine,
Your travels be carefree &
May art allow you to unwind!

Yours loosely,
Carol

Please be sure to check out the other fine projects in this blog hop:

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GIVEAWAY
StencilGirl Products will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to TWO lucky winners!
Impression Obsession will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to TWO lucky winners!
Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for
your chance to win 4 great prizes during the hop!

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The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Friday, September 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Sunday, October 2nd.

 

The end of my teenage wildlife

As I was going over the final edit for this post, my daughter tagged me on Facebook with this:

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My daughter and I have waist length hair. Waiting for a Queen Nation (Queen tribute band) concert to start one evening we laughed about the long hairs that somehow weave themselves into the fabric of our clothes.

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Music and laughter – delights we have always shared. The notes, rhythms, and lyrics weaving their way into the fabric of our souls. Listening again and again – part indulgence, part celebration, part trying to understand the world.

We both think Freddy Mercury had one of the most amazing voices ever. He died before my daughter was born. (She came out with my love of Chinese food and  his voice  – Queen, for a reason that escapes me now, was on my CD player quite a bit just after she was born.)

In a way I envy my girl, she can just react to the beauty of Freddy’s voice with no strong memories attached.

In January David Bowie died.

He and Rod Stewart are my Faves.

Thanks to a cute boy I like, I was introduced to “David Bowie with the Shocking Pink Hair” music in 1980. Thanks to my friend Kelly I was able to see Bowie’s Serious Moonlight concert in 1984 (I was a screaming, crying teenybopper ). Singing along to Bowie’s music made me, makes me, feel alive.

Apparently my friends equated me as a passionate (rabid?) Bowie fan because several, even my ex, reached out to ask if I was “okay”. Truly sweet, much appreciated gestures, but odd as well.

Like Buddy Holly, J P Richardson, and Richie Valens, David Jones died a man with a family who, no matter the depth of my personal feelings of loss, of change, of the end of my teenage wildlife, were dealing with feelings uncountable orders of magnitude greater.

Glenn Frey and Prince died this year.

Too soon. Too soon.

Yesterday I indulged in a marathon of music videos on You Tube. Here are a few that grabbed my attention:

Have a song that moves you? Share it and shake the blues.

 

 

Earth Day Blog Hop with StencilGirl Products & Earth Safe Finishes

Earth Day plus upcycling and using products that can be reused instead of filling landfills. Yeah! 

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Maybe 40 years ago I dyed fabric. As I recall, it was a smelly process involving boiling water. Using Earth Safe Finishes’ Fabric Magic Kit was a pleasant, unscented experience. Dying is just a matter of following the directions on the package 8 parts water to 1 part Fabric Magic, then add the pigments in drops to achieve desired color.

I made plans and the Universe laughed. But I got the last laugh this time 🙂

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StencilGirl stencils used are from December 2015 StencilClub. The little loopy one gets a lot of use by yours truly! You can find out more about how to get exclusive club goodies HERE:

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Simply cannot toss out leftovers! Especially crafty goodies.

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We had a little rain recently and the iris are in bloom. I shall make flowers!

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Of course I am the Wearer of Many Hats. I like it best when I can interchange embellishments on my many hats. The black straw in the pic below seems to work well for this. I think I paid $6 bucks for it at a thrift store a couple years back. Definitely a favorite. The ribbon band is simply tied on. The flower is pinned in place. Stylin’!

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I am so excited and happy to be a part of this hop! Be sure to check out all of the Earth Day Blog Hop artists from the StencilGirl Products and Earth Safe Finishes Teams:

Mary Beth Shaw
http://mbshaw.blogspot.com/2016/04/cold-wax-project-wit-stencilgirl-earthsafefinishes.html

Janet Joehlin
http://jjhappyreminders.blogspot.com/2016/04/SGandEarthDayHop.html

Mary C. Nasser

http://www.marycnasser.com/blog/earth-day-blog-hop

Gwen Lafleur
http://gwenyth.typepad.com/gwen/2016/04/earth-day-upcycled-project-with-stencils-and-earth-safe-finishes.html

Chana Malkah Harris
http://redoralee.blogspot.com/2016/04/stencilgirl-earth-safe-finishesann.html

Irit Shalom
http://iritshalom.blogspot.com/2016/04/stencilgirlearth-safe-finishes-blog-hop.html

Steph Ackerman
http://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/2016/04/blog-hop-with-earth-safe-finishes-and.html

Martha Lucia Gomez
http://wp.me/p5TnaH-3yF

Larissa Pittman

http://muffinsandlace.com/2016/04/21/earth-safe-finishes-and-stencil-girl-blog-hop/

Jeanne Streiff

http://inkypaws.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2016/04/22/stencilgirl-esf-hop/

Vishu Reberholt
http://fabnsassy.blogspot.com/2016/04/earth-safe-finishes-and-stencil-girl.html

Take your time and visit each blog showcased today through April 25th and leave a comment. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!

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One comment per blog please.
You will have until Monday, April 25th 3 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time to leave your comments.
The winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Wednesday, April 27th.

My hat’s off to you,

Carol

 

 

What if we added Zorb riding to the Olympics?

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It is time for the summer Olympic committee to get ahead of the curve and include Zorb riding as an Olympic event.

What is Zorb riding you might ask?

It one part roller coaster with g-forces and freefall at play and can be one part slip n’ slide.

Picture a plastic ball. Now upsize it.

Picture a plastic globe—with an interior plastic globe, one big enough for you to ride in.

This plastic globe of course has air holes.

It is also see though, a fact that matters little in that seeing where you are going is not paramount.

Where you are going is downhill.

Tumbling, faster and faster inside the globe on a track down a green hillside.

Those krazy New Zealand Kiwis invented Zorb riding 15 years ago. The sport now boasts 607,633 Zorbonauts. It has recently expanded to the U.S. market, the Smokey mountains to be precise, so the great state of Tennessee will now through their hat in the ring to host the great games.

Zorb riding can be a individual event, a team event or even a relay race.

As an individual event Zorb riding offers the chance to have fun as the participant accelerates on a downhill track. Tracks can be straight or zig zag. How fast the racer goes depends on their weight and how fast they can run in what some might liken to a hamster ball.

As a team event for three persons inside the ball, Zorb riding offers the chance for bonding. Can you run in unison? How does bouncing or sliding off one another in freefall effect your ultimate time? Can you stay on the track or will you bounce yourselves off course and onto the next hill or highway. Watch out for that tree, George!

As a “hydro” ride, the interior of the Zorb would have a few gallons of water added and, well, let’s just say we all know the value of personal hygiene—and who wouldn’t welcome the opportunity to tumble inside a giant washing machine?

As a relay race, Zorb riding might be likened to the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona—another event that should be included in the Olympics but the bulls couldn’t raise enough money to hire me as their publicist—imagine, a street filled with runners inside Zorb globes. A bang sets the Zorb runners free to race, bounding down the street, bouncing over cars, avoiding pedestrians, hot dog stands and bike messengers while they try to find the correct team mate to bump into at Beeline and Main. As they bounded around the lake at Green Valley park, they would have to avoid falling into the water and would lose points for rolling over ducks.

Yes Zorb riding would bounce Olympic entertainment to a new height.

I urge you to vote YES that Zorb riding be included in the summer Olympic games. Norwegians have curling. The Jamacians have bobsledding.  Foresight on the part of the Olympic committee would give the kiwis well-deserved renown for their improvement of fun on a global scale.

Can I get a Z? Can I get an O? Can I get an R? Can I get a B? ZORB! Want to learn more? Visit Zorb.com.